Attorney General Bill Barr was slammed on Wednesday for holding a press conference on special Robert Mueller’s report — before anyone had received the document or had time to read its 400 pages.
Here is what some people were saying about Barr’s scheduling:
Just been informed by DOJ that we’ll receive Mueller’s report only after Barr gives a press conference.# p #4_62 # ad skipped = true #
Once again, Barr wants to shape the public’s perception of the report.# p #5_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is on top of reports DOJ secretly briefed the White House.# p #6_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is not justice. Just PR.# p #7_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 17, 2019# p #8_62 # ad skipped = true #
Sorry but this is not a press conference – it’s an opportunity for Barr to put a spin on the ball or defend himself. No one can ask real questions here. https://t.co/dNTLk95iPX# p #9_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 17, 2019# p #10_62 # ad skipped = true #
a press conference about a product no one will have seen? what is this, the film industry? https://t.co/maNiICNsFI# p #11_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 17, 2019# p #12_62 # ad skipped = true #
What if Democrats just schedule a hearing with #mueller as the witness for 9:30 am tomorrow?# p #13_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) April 17, 2019# p #14_62 # ad skipped = true #
I am certain you are familiar with the subpoena process. Perhaps you should make use of it.# p #15_62 # ad skipped = true #
— ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕜𝕚𝕖 𝕃𝕖𝕊𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖 💋🦎🦎💋 (@Pinkie525) April 17, 2019# p #16_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is absolutely no reason for Barr to be holding a press conference to take questions on a report no one has yet had a chance to read and digest. This is stupid.# p #17_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 17, 2019# p #18_62 # ad skipped = true #
Purpose of this presser seems to be not to let reporters ask informed questions but rather to get TV footage of Barr saying things Trump will like that can play all day https://t.co/hUpRz41Ppm# p #19_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) April 17, 2019# p #20_62 # ad skipped = true #
Oh man. Barr is holding a press conference tomorrow at 9:30 and then not releasing the actual report until HOURS later.# p #21_62 # ad skipped = true #
This is a political hatchet job. https://t.co/TTFT9YPZG8# p #22_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 17, 2019# p #23_62 # ad skipped = true #
Robert Mueller or members of his prosecutorial team will NOT be in attendance at the Barr press conference tomorrow, according to the spokesperson for Mueller’s office. @kpolantz# p #24_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) April 17, 2019# p #25_62 # ad skipped = true #
William Barr is holding his post-game press conference before the game starts. What an embarrassment. https://t.co/Xg13ZY96jD# p #26_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 17, 2019# p #27_62 # ad skipped = true #
all media must boycott this. this is just so wrong.# p #28_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Ezme Webb-Hines (@EzWebb) April 17, 2019# p #29_62 # ad skipped = true #
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— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) April 17, 2019# p #31_62 # ad skipped = true #
I can’t think of any reason Barr needs to hold a press conference to discuss a report Mueller wrote. He needs to get out of the way. https://t.co/gJbazzL8sO# p #32_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 17, 2019# p #33_62 # ad skipped = true #
Newsflash: no one wants to hear from Barr. Show us the full report. You should never have been confirmed and at best should be recused. We don’t need a statement from the President’s legal team. We want the full #MuellerReport# p #34_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) April 17, 2019# p #35_62 # ad skipped = true #
House Judiciary chair slams AG Barr for not releasing Mueller report until hours after his press conference https://t.co/SKb3hlBdb3# p #36_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) April 17, 2019# p #37_62 # ad skipped = true #
Can't ask meaningful questions at a press conference about a report you have not seen or read. https://t.co/4U3ahbYiyy# p #38_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Kristine Phillips (@kristinegWP) April 17, 2019# p #39_62 # ad skipped = true #
Per @RepJerryNadler , Barr tomorrow is planning to:# p #40_62 # ad skipped = true #
— hold his own press conference about Mueller,# p #41_62 # ad skipped = true #
— without Mueller there,# p #42_62 # ad skipped = true #
— well before anyone will be allowed access to even Barr's redacted version of Mueller's findings.# p #43_62 # ad skipped = true #
Why?# p #44_62 # ad skipped = true #
Where's Mueller?https://t.co/SjjGHUe5to# p #45_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 17, 2019# p #46_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is literally no plausible explanation for the gap between the so-called “press conference” & report release other than trying to control the narrative. https://t.co/ezVtBqwOrm# p #47_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) April 17, 2019# p #48_62 # ad skipped = true #
Dear #MSM,# p #49_62 # ad skipped = true #
PLEASE do not propagate the false narrative Barr will be presenting tomorrow morning. We're counting on you to do better.# p #50_62 # ad skipped = true #
A grateful nation https://t.co/Sfg9VUVpKH# p #51_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Adrienne Kirschner (@AdaKirschner) April 17, 2019# p #52_62 # ad skipped = true #
There is absolutely no reason for Barr to be holding a press conference to take questions on a report no one has yet had a chance to read and digest. This is stupid.# p #53_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 17, 2019# p #54_62 # ad skipped = true #
you mean… in the annals of gaslighting, corruption, and fascist behavior.# p #55_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Jodi Jacobson (@jljacobson) April 17, 2019# p #56_62 # ad skipped = true #
It’s gonna be to announce a second special counsel… watch.# p #57_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Amber Watson Tardiff (@AmberWTardiff) April 17, 2019# p #58_62 # ad skipped = true #
Do something about it! You are the most powerful congressman right now. https://t.co/EiZ1AMMpJh# p #59_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) April 17, 2019# p #60_62 # ad skipped = true #
I suppose we all knew it would end this way… pic.twitter.com/HUxe5SczCo# p #61_62 # ad skipped = true #
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) April 17, 2019# p #62_62 # ad skipped = true #
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The National Security Council Gave Trump a 69-Page Pandemic Plan Three Years Ago — He Ignored It
On Wednesday, Politico reported the details of a 69-page pandemic response playbook given to President Donald Trump’s team by the National Security Council, outlining key steps the federal government should take to coordinate a response and contain the crisis — and revealed how the White House was catastrophically late to implement the plan’s major suggestions at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Trump administration, state officials and even individual hospital workers are now racing against each other to get the necessary masks, gloves and other safety equipment to fight coronavirus — a scramble that hospitals and doctors say has come too late and left them at risk,” wrote Dan Diamond and Nahal Toolsi. “But according to a previously unrevealed White House playbook, the government should’ve begun a federal-wide effort to procure that personal protective equipment at least two months ago.”
The report continued: “‘Is there sufficient personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who are providing medical care?’ the playbook instructs its readers, as one early decision that officials should address when facing a potential pandemic. ‘If YES: What are the triggers to signal exhaustion of supplies? Are additional supplies available? If NO: Should the Strategic National Stockpile release PPE to states?’”
This playbook, which was devised in 2016 in the wake of the government’s attempts to contain Ebola just years before, reportedly “also stresses the significant responsibility facing the White House to contain risks of potential pandemics, a stark contrast with the Trump administration’s delays in deploying an all-of-government response and President Donald Trump’s recent signals that he might roll back public health recommendations.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services maintained this plan was never formally adopted and said, “The HHS COVID-19 response was informed by more recent plans such as the foundation of the National Biodefense Strategy (2018), Biological Incident Annex (2017), and panCAP (2018) among other key plans provided by the CDC, White House Task Force, FEMA, and other key federal departments and agencies.”
Nonetheless, according to Politico, the existence of the plan undercuts Trump’s narrative that the coronavirus disaster was unforeseeable: “Trump’s aides were told to expect a potential pandemic, ranging from a tabletop exercise that the outgoing Obama administration prepared for the president’s incoming aides to a ‘Crimson Contagion’ scenario that health officials undertook just last year and modeled out potential risks of a global infectious disease threat. Trump’s deputies also have said that their coronavirus response relies on a federal playbook, specifically referring to a strategy laid out by the Centers for Disease Control.”
“It is not clear if the administration’s failure to follow the NSC playbook was the result of an oversight or a deliberate decision to follow a different course,” continued the report.
You can read more here.
Trump Will Be a ‘One-Man Death Panel’ if He Sends People Back to Work Amid Pandemic: Medical Experts
President Donald Trump’s stated desire to get America back up and running by Easter despite the continued threat from the coronavirus pandemic is running into a wall of criticism from medical experts.
In interviews with the New York Times, several medical experts said that pushing Americans to return to work in the middle of a pandemic would make the spread of the disease vastly worse than it is right now.
“The virus will surge, many will fall ill and there will be more deaths,” Dr. William Schaffner, a preventive medicine expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, tells the Times of Trump’s push to ease social distancing restrictions.
“Nobody voted in Donald Trump thinking he would become a ‘one-man death panel’ empowered to dispense with American lives like cannon fodder,” Amir Attaran, a professor of law and medicine at the University of Ottawa, tells the paper. “It would be political suicide for him and murder for many others.”
Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, the acting director of the University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Disease Preparedness, similarly tells the Times that there are no shortcuts in dealing with the virus.
“The lesson from China is that aggressive measures to reduce the spread of the virus, continued for two months, have led to a reduction in new cases,” he says.
‘Blood Sacrifice for Wall Street’: Trump Demanding a Return to Work Despite Certain Deaths Draws Anger for ‘President Death’
President Donald Trump is under fire for his most recent attempt to gin up support to have Americans defy their governors and mayors and return to work despite at least 17 states ordering them to stay at home. There is a “very large acceleration” of coronavirus pandemic across America, according to the World Health Organization which warns the U.S. may become the epicenter of the viral outbreak.
“Our people want to return to work,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “They will practice Social Distancing and all else, and Seniors will be watched over protectively & lovingly. We can do two things together. THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE (by far) THAN THE PROBLEM! Congress MUST ACT NOW. We will come back strong!”
The President’s insistence that Americans will “practice Social Distancing” has been disproven over the past weeks, as news and social media reports show college students on spring break in Florida massing by the thousands, and even those ordered to stay at home congregating close together in parks and other venues.
Trump’s insistence that Americans should return to work flies in the face of every reputable medical expert, but also is refuted by economists, as one noted economist and economics professor reminded:
As you read various arguments floating around that perhaps we should ease public health restrictions to help the economy, I want you to notice that IN NO CASE ARE THESE ARGUMENTS BEING MADE BY ACTUAL ECONOMISTS.
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) March 24, 2020
Many are outraged that the President so easily is willing to sacrifice the lives of countless Americans for a temporary rise in the stock market, when science shows it will cause massive death.
I cannot emphasize this enough. HUMAN LIVES ARE WORTH MUCH MORE THAN THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE. The economy is important but what use is money if you and your loved ones are dead? Money can always be made later. But your life cannot be refunded and purchased again.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 24, 2020
Here it comes. A blood sacrifice for Wall Street. Get out there and die for your CEOs yacht collection, plebs. https://t.co/OHLVycPevD
— The British History Podcast (@BritishPodcast) March 24, 2020
— Darryl Silver (@silveraa) March 24, 2020
I stand with #NotDying4WallStreet.
Who’s with me?
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) March 24, 2020
“Die for me.” https://t.co/8xxwlmGRcp
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) March 24, 2020
Congratulations, you’ve added mass murder to your list of accomplishments.
— Barack Obama ____________________________🇺🇸Fan (@ThePresObama) March 24, 2020
Funny you’re only urging this after your properties, golf courses closed. Do not open this country back up when it’s much more than social distancing. This stays on surfaces for days.
— Irishrygirl (@irishrygirl) March 24, 2020
I guess when Trump said he could kill someone on Fifth Avenue and wouldn’t lose any supporters, it wasn’t actually a metaphor https://t.co/570hDiGi5h
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) March 24, 2020
There is no cure.
This will only lead to a complete shutdown and further expose you as incompetent and mendacious (look it up) when thousands die and the economy falls further.
If you think this will help your reelection, you are a bigger fool than we thought. https://t.co/hi3LTCLj83
— Jesse Wente (@jessewente) March 24, 2020
Trump was not built for this. Trump doesnt get it. Our people want to be able to protect their families and their homes, not “go back to work”.
Trump is fucking us https://t.co/AlDfrCcn6s
— Joe Norman (@normonics) March 24, 2020
God, @RealDonaldTrump really is going to tell businesses to reopen next week, right as America hits peak infection.
He’s going to do it regardless of what governors and mayors say. He’s going to do it regardless of what DOCTORS say.
So many more will be infected. https://t.co/7kvbiN2ULK
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) March 24, 2020
He has no idea what social distancing means. He has no idea who’s affected by the virus. He has no idea what he’s doing. https://t.co/BuVmE1LXOt
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) March 24, 2020
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